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Foer, Jonathan Safran

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1st Printing. Signed. 276 pages. Published in 2002. The author's breakthrough debut novel. One of the most sensational literary debuts of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now scarce. Features a brilliant DJ design in black-and-white, presented reversibly, on the DJ's front and back covers. Presents Jonathan Safran Foer's "Everything Is Illuminated". His now-classic debut novel. The critical praise and raft of awards the book garnered are truly astonishing in light of the fact that Jonathan Safran Foer was just 25 years old when the book was published (he began writing the book in his late teens, and he had also already edited a literary tribute to the great Surrealist artist Joseph Cornell, "A Convergence of Birds"). "Not since 'A Clockwork Orange' has the English language been simultaneously mauled and energized with such brilliance and such brio" (The New York Times). The basis of the fine film directorial debut by Liev Schreiber, with Elijah Wood, Eugene Hutz, and an appearance by the author. An absolute "must-have" title for Jonathan Safran Foer collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in pen on the title page by Jonathan Safran Foer. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. It comes with a pristine copy of the Souvenir Program of the event during which his signature was obtained. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. Winner of The Guardian First Book Award for "Everything Is Illuminated" in 2002. One of the most brilliant new voices in American literature. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0618173870. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: With only a yellowing photograph in hand, a young man - also named Jonathan Safran Foer - sets out to find the woman who might or might not have saved his grandfather from the Nazis. Accompanied by an old man haunted by memories of the war, an amorous dog named Sammy Davis, Junior, Junior, and the unforgettable Alex, a young Ukrainian translator who speaks in a sublimely butchered English, Jonathan is led on a quixotic journey over a devastated landscape and into an unexpected past.
As their adventure unfolds, Jonathan imagines the history of his grandfather's village, conjuring a magical fable of startling symmetries that unite generations across time. Lit by passion, fear, guilt, memory, and hope, the characters in Everything Is Illuminated mine the black holes of history. As the search moves back in time, the fantastical history moves forward, until reality collides with fiction in a heart-stopping scene of extraordinary power.
An arresting blend of high comedy and great tragedy, this is a story about searching for people and places that no longer exist, for the hidden truths that haunt every family, and for the delicate but necessary tales that link past and future. Exuberant and wise, hysterically funny and deeply moving, EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED is an astonishing debut.

Review: The simplest thing would be to describe Everything Is Illuminated, Jonathan Safran Foer's accomplished debut, as a novel about the Holocaust. It is, but that really fails to do justice to the sheer ambition of this book. The main story is a grimly familiar one. A young Jewish American--who just happens to be called Jonathan Safran Foer--travels to the Ukraine in the hope of finding the woman who saved his grandfather from the Nazis. He is aided in his search by Alex Perchov, a naïve Ukrainian translator, Alex's grandfather (also called Alex), and a flatulent mongrel dog named Sammy Davis Jr. Jr. On their journey through Eastern Europe's obliterated landscape they unearth facts about the Nazi atrocities and the extent of Ukrainian complicity that have implications for Perchov as well as Safran Foer. This narrative is not, however, recounted from (the character) Jonathan Safran Foer's perspective. It is relayed through a series of letters that Alex sends to Foer. These are written in the kind of broken Russo-English normally reserved for Bond villains or Latka from Taxi. Interspersed between these letters are fragments of a novel by Safran Foer--a wonderfully imagined, almost magical realist, account of life in the shtetl before the Nazis destroyed it. These are in turn commented on by Alex, creating an additional metafictional angle to the tale.

If all this sounds a little daunting, don't be put off; Safran Foer is an extremely funny as well as intelligent writer who combines some of the best Jewish folk yarns since Isaac Bashevis Singer with a quite heartbreaking meditation on love, friendship, and loss. --Travis Elborough, Amazon.co.uk

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Publisher: New York City, NY: Houghton Mifflin
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